Tentative Publication date: Early January 2024
Carol Robinson was a savvy first-hand witness of the collapse of large swaths of Catholic culture in America in the immediate post-Vatican II years. In these detailed and perceptive essays from the pages of The Wanderer, she passionately yet soundly dissects the destructive forces at work in the years spanning 1971–1987. Robinsons’ keen analytical mind surveys many of the most pressing issues of the time, but three themes are uppermost in her mind, beginning with a concerning reluctance from Bishops to exercise their apostolic duty to teach the faithful. Robinson chronicles the epidemic of increasingly poor catechizing that resulted in a generation of young Catholics who were ever more ignorant of the Magisterium. Robinson is exceptionally good at chronicling the dereliction of the teaching office in regard to Scripture, examining how the misuse of historical-critical methodologies at the hands of Catholic biblical scholars progressively undermined belief in the word of God among post-Conciliar Catholics. Above all, Robinson devotes her energies to exposing distressing trends within Thomism in the wake of the Council, a time when the Angelic Doctor’s work lost its preeminence in the schools, especially when it came to seminary formation. Robinson is particularly insightful in her critique of a growing historicization of Aquinas’ thought amidst the Thomist movement itself, which in her mind parallels the analogous process of demythologizing of Scripture. After surveying a host of innovating academics who would reduce Thomas’ thought to the historically conditioned product of a bygone era, Robinson persuasively argues for the enduring universality of the Common Doctor, and the undiminished relevance of his teaching as anchored in a firm, clear-sited philosophy of being. The pieces reprinted here provide a fascinating window into the tumultuous situation in the Church in these years, but this collection is much more than a mere review of the troubled past. In her diagnosis of the problems besetting the Catholicism of her time she also provides a prophetic strategy for the embattled Church in our own day, centered around a profound retrieval of authentic Thomism and the perennial spiritual and intellectual patrimony of Catholic Tradition.
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Carol Robinson tackles with a strikingly refreshing combo of earthiness and intellectual depth what matters to Catholic men and women in a post-covid 19 world. Cris-crossing the insights of Catholicism’s greatest philosopher with the postmodern Catholic’s existence in a way that stimulates creativity for daily lifestyle, she is witty, humorous, and uncannily insightful. —Fr. William J. Slattery, Ph.D, S.T.L., author of The Logic of Truth: St. Thomas Aquinas's Epistemology and Antonio Livi's Alethic Logic (Leonardo da Vinci, 2016) and Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and can help Rebuild—Western Civilization (Ignatius Press, 2017)
The question asked by most Catholics under-65 (and plenty over 65) is: What happened after Vatican II? Carol Jackson Robinson lays it all out in this abundant collection of essays. It’s one of the several major themes in an important book by a savvy laywoman who was a Catholic publishing figure of the middle and late 20th century, a premium writer, and a knowledgeable Thomist. —Roger A. McCaffrey, Publisher
In the second half of the twentieth century a lot of nonsense was written by people who claimed to read the signs of the times. Unfortunately for them, and as Carol Jackson pointed out, God only speaks two languages: common sense and Thomism. Fortunately for us she was fluent in both. —Alan Fimister, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Director of Graduate Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut, co-author (with Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P.) of Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy (2020), and author of The Iron Sceptre of the Son of Man: Romanitas as a Note of the Church (2023)